PERRY COUNTY – Sgt. Dan R. Starnes of the Morgan County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department, lost his life on July 10, 2001, as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in a gun battle with a burglary suspect four weeks earlier.
To keep his memory alive, his surviving wife, Janice, organized the Sgt. Dan R. Starnes Memorial Blood Drive in Morgan County later that year, and has organized a blood drive each year since in Dan’s memory. In 2007 she decided to take the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.